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Jakarta Post

Haze control: A legacy?

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Wed, August 14 2019   /  12:48 am

It has been a cause for concern in the region that fires razing Indonesian forests have led to a haze crisis in Malaysia. Although Indonesia has denied that the fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan have caused haze in the neighboring country, it is indisputable that fires are on the rise again this year. Wildfires burned through 42,740 hectares of land from January to May, nearly double the figure in the same period last year of 23,745 ha.The number of forest fires began to increase in 2018, affecting 510,000 ha throughout the year. The fires came after the country previously curbed the scale of forest fires, with 165,000 ha burned in 2017 compared with 2.6 million ha in 2015 — one of the country’s worst fire disasters.The new low that we may be heading to this year — if warnings go unheeded — may wipe out the progress that the country had achieved earlier. And this is not good. Peopl...